Why I (Kind of) Trust Sony

Posted: October 18, 2013 in Current Gaming
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Very recently I wrote about why I no longer trust Microsoft. Today, I’m going to analyze the flip side of this coin. Why I now trust Sony.

Now, let’s be clear, I didn’t really trust Sony very much during the PS3 era, which is kind of a trend for console developers. As you can see in the Tweet above, it was pointed out to me that console makers seem to have a third console curse. Basically, once a company develops their third console, they make some kind of boneheaded mistake with it. Sega had the Saturn debacle with a high price point and a surprise launch date. So surprising, in fact, that developers and retailers weren’t even ready to sell the console. Nintendo decided to stick with cartridges when they launched the Nintendo 64. As a result, they lost the support of quite a few developers to the Playstation, which used optical discs, the biggest sting being the loss of the Final Fantasy franchise. Anyone remember FFVII? Yeah… Just an aside, but beginning to wonder if Nintendo is suffering from the third console curse, part 2, but anyway… Microsoft has pulled the screw up card themselves so far with the Xbox One, though the jury is still out on that one.

This brings us to Sony and the PS3. And yes, they screwed up. I like to think that they were suffering from a bit of a God complex after the massive success of the PS2. They felt that they had a dedicated fan base that would follow them loyally. Unfortunately for them, as Nintendo and Sega have learned, game players can be fickle with their systems. They’ll generally go to the system with the best games, despite the maker (this is a very generalized statement, I realize that). Sony’s troubles started at E3 when they announced the price of the PS3. Suffice it to say, most gamers weren’t all that anxious to shell out $499/$599 for the PS3 when they could have an Xbox 360 for $299/$399 or a Wii at $250. Sony didn’t stop there, however. They appeared to most of the world as rip-off artists once they unveiled that the new PS3 controller would have some motion control technology, similar to the technology that was giving Nintendo’s Wii quite a bit of buzz. Topping all of this off was an E3 presentation that gave us numerous quotes and memes.

Historical accuracy at its finest

So, what does this have to do with me trusting Sony now? Basically, I think a good slap-down really shakes a company up. After the N64, Nintendo moved to Discs and made a pretty powerful little system. No, it wasn’t a return to their glory days, but it did show that they realized they no longer dictated how the console industry worked. Sega gave us the Dreamcast, which has a major following to this day, even though it was their last. Again, though, it showed a more careful approach after the Saturn disaster. Now, Sony is giving us the PS4. Firstly, the price point places it below the price of the Xbox One (and the launch price of the PS3, for the record). More importantly to me, however, is what they did at E3. All of those negative things the Xbox One was going to have? Sony didn’t just not follow suit, they explicitly addressed each one at their E3 conference this year in what was one of the most glorious pieces of company trolling I have ever witnessed.

Now, all of this could be smoke and mirrors. Maybe the PS4 was going to follow suit but witnessed what happened with Microsoft and altered their path. For the time being, however, I’m going to choose to believe they have learned from previous mistakes. Assuming Microsoft produces a fourth console at some point in the future, I’ll happily analyze it and give them a clean slate as well. Each new console is a time for possible redemption, if needed, and a fresh start for a new generation of games.

If you’re interested in my thoughts on Microsoft from a previous post, you can find it here: https://justanothervideogameblogblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/i-dont-trust-microsoft/


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